January 29, 2008

According to movie critic John Podheretz, the academy-award nominee “Juno” is a profoundly culturally-conservative-in-the-best-sense movie, being against both abortion and, even more subversively to today’s pop culture, against the very concept of “cool.” Now I want to see it. Read more

January 28, 2008

The Washington Post has a feature called the Style Invitational, in which readers are encouraged to make humorous or snarky contributions to a weekly topic. This time readers were challenged to come up with tourism slogans for various countries. Some of the better ones: France: Visit, If You Must. (Sigh.) (Martin Bancroft, Rochester, N.Y.) China: Come Visit Your Money (Ira Allen, Bethesda) Denmark: Oh, So Nothing’s Rotten in YOUR Country? (Brendan Beary) England: We Couldn’t Beat the Patriots Either (Bruce… Read more

January 28, 2008

A 23-year-old Afghan journalist wrote an article jocularly wondering why, if men are allowed four wives under Islam, women aren’t allowed four husbands. For writing these words, he was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to death. Diana West points out that the journalist was convicted by a government and under a constitution that the United States put into place. Afghanistan’s constitution provides for Western-style freedoms, including the freedom of speech and of the press, but goes on to say… Read more

January 28, 2008

As we await the state of the union address–which I suspect hardly anyone will watch–I’m struck by how EVERYONE, including conservatives, and including people who used to defend him, are piling on President Bush. Peggy Noonan, for instance, is saying that it wouldn’t be Huckabee or McCain whose nomination would destroy the Republican party, as Rush Limbaugh says; rather, President Bush has ALREADY destroyed it. Meanwhile, a liberal group is raising money to make sure that his approval ratings do… Read more

January 28, 2008

In church yesterday the sermon was about the Kingdom of God as opposed to the Kingdom of Satan; that is, the reign of sin. Christ’s Kingdom breaks in as a subversive power, undermining that kingdom’s rule over our lives. We speak of God’s two kingdoms, but this one of Satan’s gets less attention, but it too is real and a factor in how we live in the other two. I suppose Satan too has an earthly and a spiritual kingdom,… Read more

January 25, 2008

In an interview with Christianity Today, Barack Obama answered this question: “You’ve talked about your experience walking down the aisle at Trinity United Church of Christ, and kneeling beneath the cross, having your sins redeemed, and submitting to God’s will. Would you describe that as a conversion? Do you consider yourself born again?” I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives… Read more

January 25, 2008

Great and widely-applicable story from Dawn Eden at National Review Online, from a discussion of Planned Parenthood and the left’s absolute hatred of abstinence education: Some 1,700 years ago, a hermit living in the Egyptian desert predicted “a time is coming when people will go mad.”“And when they see someone who is not mad,” continued the man known today as St. Anthony the Great, “they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us.’” What are some… Read more

January 25, 2008

Well, getting $600 apiece has its charms. According to this report, a deal has been struck in Congress that will give each taxpayer $600, plus $300 per child. A family of four would thus get $1800. (Earlier versions would have given $800 to taxpayers, but this agreed-upon plan is a little less so as to give $300 to those who pay no taxes.) The checks will be cut between May and July. The cost will be some $150 billion, about… Read more

January 25, 2008

Finally an article that addresses what I had been wondering about. We know that the Social Security system will be in big trouble when we baby-boomers retire. But what will happen to the stock market once we all sell off our IRAs to fund our golden-year lifestyles? Won’t all those sell orders flood the market and drive the prices down, thus leaving us old-timers with less money after all, despite all that saving and investing? The linked article acknowledges the… Read more

January 25, 2008

William Kristol calls for an end to the “more-conservative-than-thou” discord in the Republican ranks and explains the difference between Ronald Reagan, who came to office as the leader of an ideological movement, and the normal state of politics, in which ideological movements use the candidates they have. Read Waiting for Reagan. Does he have a point? Read more

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